If you have invested in a paver patio or a driveway, you might find yourself asking the question: “should I seal my concrete paver?”
There are many different benefits to sealing your concrete pavers, but it’s not always necessary. In order to decide whether or not to seal your concrete pavers, it’s essential to examine your expectations and how long you want them to last.
Paver sealant is a great tool to keep paver driveways, patios, walkways, and pool decks, in mint condition, but it’s not always necessary. While it’s not a must-have, pavers that aren’t sealed typically grow weeds in the cracks, lose color over time, and can even have shifting caused by a lack of joint sand.
Why Should I Seal My Pavers?
While it is not necessary to seal your pavers, more often than not, it is what consumers choose because of a few different reasons. Aside from keeping your outdoor environment in pristine condition, there are four technical benefits to sealing your pavers. These four benefits include shielding the pavers from fading, enriching the colors, limits stains, and securing interlocking joint sand.
Shielding your pavers from fading while enriching the colors
After you have invested in pavers, whether that be a patio, poolside deck, etc., it is important to seal your pavers in order to protect from the weathering UV rays. These rays, which are known to impact the skin negatively, also impact the surface of your pavers negatively.
In order to keep your pavers from fading, it is important to seal them. Even the toughest of pavers don’t stand a chance against the sun, with concrete even fading over time because of the UV rays. Choosing to seal your pavers will keep your color consistent and un-faded.
Not only does choosing to seal your pavers keep the color untouched, but it can also increase the vibrancy of your colors.
One largely agreed upon benefit of sealers is that they limit stains. When you utilize sealers, the pavers become less porous, which helps decrease the ability to soak up things like dirt. This will help your pavers stay cleaner, fresher, and stain-free.
Securing interlocking joint sand
One of the most important benefits of sealers is the way it secures interlocking joint sand. When you add joint stabilizing sealers to your pavers, the joint sand in between the pavers will harden, which helps keeps the pavers firm. This can also keep weeds from growing in between paver joints.
When Should Pavers Be Sealed?
Depending on the manufacturer, this waiting period can range. Typically they suggest waiting at least 1 year to allow for the naturally-occurring efflorescence (a build-up that appears dusty in the stone) to come out of the paving stones. If your sealer is breathable, then you do not have to wait at all, and can seal your paver right after installment.
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